Winnie the Pooh’s house in the Hundred Acre Wood — AKA Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, U.K. — is available to book on Airbnb as part of Disney’s 95th anniversary celebration of the beloved character.
“For over 95 years, Winnie the Pooh has inspired generations with his memorable words, experiences, and adventures,” says The Walt Disney Company Senior Vice President of Consumer Products, Games, and Publishing Tasia Filippatos. “These timeless tales explore life’s simple pleasures, and in that spirit, we hope guests are able to […] ‘be more Pooh’ for the day.”
The unique “Bearbnb” inspired by A.A. Milne’s original tales of the Hundred Acre Wood and the original drawings of E.H. Shepard will be hosted by Disney-appointed Winnie the Pooh illustrator, Kim Raymond, who himself has been drawing the iconic bear for over 30 years — initially for The Walt Disney Company, then for British comics, and then again for Disney.
“I have been illustrating Winnie the Pooh for 30 years, and I continue to be inspired by the classic decorations of E.H. Shepard and the more recent Disney stories,” Raymond says. “The ‘Bearbnb’ is a unique experience that brings the charm of Pooh to life for fans whilst honoring the original adventures that have been so important to many people for 95 years.”
The exterior of the charming custom-built house features exposed tree branches wrapped around the front door with “Mr. Sanders” inscribed above. Inside, guests will find bespoke furnishings including pinecone and haycorn wallpaper designed by Raymond and kitchen cupboards stocked full of (what else?) Hunny pots.
Winnie the Pooh’s house sleeps up to four guests with a double bed on the ground floor and a mezzanine area with two single beds accessed via timber ladders. The lounge space features a cozy seating and dining area where guests can enjoy a “smackerel” or two. During each stay, guests will also be taken on a guided tour through the original Hundred Acre Wood, play Poohsticks on the iconic Poohsticks Bridge, and enjoy locally sourced Hunny-inspired meals.
“Winnie the Pooh is a childhood jewel beloved by families the world over,” says Airbnb Global Head of Hosting Catherine Powell. “This year, the original books celebrate their 95th anniversary. What better way to commemorate A.A. Milne’s classic work than with these two once-in-a-lifetime stays in the original Hundred Acre Wood. A perfect place to do nothing — and as Pooh said, ‘doing nothing often leads to the very best something.’”
Pooh would undoubtedly approve of the House Rules:
- Strictly no Heffalumps inside the house
- Hands are to be kept out of the Hunny pots
- A snack of “a little something” is encouraged at 11 o’clock in the morning
- Poohsticks is mandatory
- Multiple naps are permitted
- No pets (other than Roos, Tiggers, Eeyores, Piglets, and of course, Pooh Bears)
- Maximum four guests per stay; up to three children
- No smoking, you’ll upset the bees
“This house is a window into my world,” Raymond says. “I have been working with a team of experts to bring Winnie the Pooh’s ‘Tree House’ as depicted in the classic A.A. Milne tales, to life, in Ashdown Forest, the inspiration behind the Hundred Acre Wood, as part of Disney’s 95th Anniversary celebrations of the lovable children’s character. I am so excited to welcome families to the original Hundred Acre Wood.”
Two separate one-night stays in Winnie the Pooh’s house (bookable only on Airbnb) are available on Sept. 24 and 25 for £95 per night (about $130). The guest booking fee will be donated to Together for Short Lives, a U.K.-based charity for children’s palliative care. Bookings will go live on Sept. 20, 2021, at 2 p.m. BST; however, due to local COVID-19 guidelines, only current U.K. residents will be eligible to book.
Click here to view the “Bearbnb” on Airbnb.